Signature Move

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Signature Move

In Chicago, Zaynab (Fawzia Mirza) is a thirty-something American-Pakistani lawyer who lives with and cares for her recently widowed, TV-obsessed mother (legendary Indian actress Shabana Azmi). Alma (Sari Sanchez) is a free-spirited Mexican-American bookshop owner. After meeting in a bar, the two quickly fall into bed with each other and embark on a romance…but problems aren’t far behind. Zaynab’s traditional mother still expects her daughter to marry a man, while Alma finds herself reluctant to get involved with the closeted Zaynab, leaving them at odds despite their strong attraction for each other. And then there’s Zaynab’s latest interest: training in Lucha-style wrestling with a former pro grappler! Winner of the Grand Jury Prize for Best US Narrative Feature at Outfest and a worldwide festival darling following its SXSW premiere, critics and fans alike agree on the film called “a gem” by the Chicago Sun-Times.

Jennifer Reeder
Fawzia Mirza
Shabana Azmi
Sari Sanchez

“A refreshing reminder that queerness not only lives, but thrives in all cultures.” —Austin Chronicle  

“With its likable characters, local color and cross-cultural sparks, Signature Move has unsentimental sweetness and pluck. —The Los Angeles Times  

“A hipster version of a Nia Vardalos comedy.” —Chicago Reader  

“Old World expectations meet New World romance.” —Chicago Magazine